With Yahoo merging with the Microsoft search platform, It probably didn’t come as a huge surprise when Yahoo broke the news that Yahoo! Site Explorer was to shut down.
As of 21 November 2011 Yahoo! Site Explorer is no more. This means webmasters and SEOs will not have what has been the go-to place for free competitive link data since it began in 2005.
So it seems that you will need to turn elsewhere for link intelligence data from now on, but the big question is: What Yahoo Site Explorer Alternatives are out there?
Luckily, there are still a number of excellent Yahoo Site Explorer alternatives available. Here are the three tools that I use on a daily basis and highly recommend.
If you are serious about SEO strategy and backlink analysis, then you’ll need to have the right tools under your belt and these premium SEO and Link Analysis tools are some of the best:
Raven Tools provides a collection of SEO tools that will help you analyze, create, manage and generally run your SEO campaigns. The link research and analysis tool combines the power of SEMRush and SEOmoz link data into one epic tool, making it one of the most formidable tools available for Link
Analysis. Prices start at $99 a month but try them out and see what you think.
It’s well worth signing up for their free 30 day trial regardless – http://www.raventools.com
Open Site Explorer (SEOmoz Premium)
If you have never heard of SEOMoz and Open Site Explorer, you have surely been living under a rock. These guys really are the balls when it comes to SEO Tools. The whole package gives you a great overall seo toolkit but Open Site Explorer is surely the jewel in the crown. Offering vital statistics such as Domain Authority and their very own Moz Rank, you can really drum up some serious backlink analysis.
If you don’t believe me, sign-up for their free 30 day trial, and have a go yourself – http://www.seomoz.org
Over the past year or so, I have been using Majestic SEO more and more. It has quickly become one of my favourite SEO tools that can help you conduct any number of research/analysis campaigns. I’m especially impressed with the amount of data it can pull in compared to other tools.
It’s well worth signing up for their free version, just to try out what they have to offer – http://www.majesticseo.com
Now that YSE is no more, I would highly recommend looking into one of these Yahoo Site Explorer alternatives. Whether you are a novice SEO just starting out or are more advanced make sure you grab one (or better a mixture) of these great tools to make your analysis that bit better!
I am curious to see what SEO Tools you guys use or are going to be using? Let me know your tips below.